The Democrats accused President Donald Trump of having wanted to "cheat" in the next November elections in the United States, during the first day of allegations of the accusation in the political trial against the president, a process that is likely to end his acquittal.
Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, head of the Intelligence Commission of the Lower House that is in charge of the accusation against Trump, climbed on the Senate podium to argue that the president should be removed from office for accusations of abuse of power and obstruction to Congress
"President Trump requested foreign interference in our elections, abusing the power of his mandate to seek help abroad to improve his possibility of re-election," said the congressman, who led the investigation against Trump in the House of Representatives.RELATED
Schiff added that when the president was discovered, "he used his powers to obstruct the investigation."
According to the indictment, Trump tried to pressure Kiev to interfere in the 2020 elections in his favor, suggesting his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, to investigate the business of Joe Biden's son, who could be his Democratic rival in the presidential elections.
According to the Democrats, Trump pressured Ukraine to withhold about $ 400 million in military aid for a country that has a conflict with Prussian rebels in its territory.
"The president's misconduct cannot be decided at the polls because we cannot be sure that the vote is won in a fair manner," he said, noting that Trump corruptly used a visit to the White House offered to the president of Ukraine to "help him cheat in the next election."
Schiff closed his argument, after a session that lasted more than the eight hours stipulated due to the breaks, promising that on Thursday he will connect the accusations made with the legal and constitutional bases.
"I didn't hear anything new"
Schiff's speech is relegated to television audiences and their co-religionists, as on Tuesday the head of the Republican majority of the Upper House, Mitch McConnell, exhibited a tight grip on the united official bench that enjoys 53 of the 100 benches, in an indication of how the trial will be developed that will probably end in acquittal.
In addition, a two-thirds majority is needed for the process against Trump to succeed, equivalent to 67 senators. But Republicans remain aligned. "I didn't hear anything new," said Republican Senator John Barrasso.
Democrat Hakeem Jeffries argued that a US president must be distinguished. “Vladimir Putin is above the law in Russia. (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan is above the law in Turkey, ”said Jeffries. "But in the United States of America nobody is above the law, not even the president," he added.
This is one of the three eight-hour sessions available to the seven members of the lower house who represent the accusation to present their arguments against Trump.
Meanwhile, the defense will have an equivalent time, also in three batches, and then there will be 16 hours for questions.
“National security problem”
On Tuesday, Republicans and the Democratic opposition engaged in a tense struggle for the rules of the procedure that lasted for 13 hours until dawn.
All attempts by Democrats to cite key witnesses or obtain documents were blocked by the Republican majority.
Trump defended Republicans' strategy to repel opposition efforts to cite former National Security advisor John Bolton and other senior officials, considering it would represent a "national security problem."
“He knows what I think of the leaders. What if he reveals what I think about a certain leader and that is not a positive thing? ”Trump said.
Trump said he hopes the Senate will absolve him "pretty quickly."
According to US media, Trump broke an intraday record of tweets on this day, mainly links to other accounts that opined about the process against him.
“Many things to discuss”
Four months after the Ukrainian scandal erupted, Trump became the third president in the history of the United States to be subjected to a impeachment process, after Andrew Johnson, in 1868, and Bill Clinton, in 1999.
One of President Jay Sekulow's personal lawyers promised that when it is his turn to litigate "he will aggressively question the case he is being presented."
"There are many things to discuss and we will do it in an orderly and systematic way," he promised to CNN.
(With information from AFP)